King of Amazulu, Goodwill Zwelithini, says hosting Diwali celebrations at his Osuthu palace at KwaNongoma in northern KwaZulu-Natal should be seen as an attempt to forge unity and love amongst different races.
The monarch hosted the Indian religious celebration Diwali at the palace. More than two hundred Indians graced the palace as part of the celebration.
Diwali is a holiest ceremony mainly celebrated by Hindus and Tamils all over the world. King Zwelithini has called on the nation to unite and accept cultures of different race groups. He says the friendship of AmaZulu and the Indians dates back many years.
“Even during the time of my grandfather King Solomon – he had some Indians that were residing in his palace. So as the king of all people residing in my kingdom – it was fitting response to my clarion call for meaningful social cohesion. I just want to thank our brothers and sisters for standing with me in promoting our diversity. Being here is not a public relations exercise or a stunt to be politically correct. Rather being here once again has confirmed what I always stood for which is respect, acceptance and social cohesion.”
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